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Cubs ‘close’ to sending Carlos Marmol to Dodgers

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carlos Marmol left talks mound during baseball game against Cincinnati Reds Tuesday April 23 2013 Cincinnati.

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carlos Marmol, left, talks on the mound during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

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Updated: August 3, 2013 6:37AM

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Cubs are “close” to completing a low-caliber trade that would send reliever Carlos Marmol to the Los Angeles Dodgers, multiple sources confirmed Monday.

The deal will provide the Cubs modest salary relief from the $4.9 million remaining on Marmol’s contract and provide the high-payroll Dodgers another option in their own troubled ­bullpen.

The Cubs designated the embattled reliever for assignment Tuesday and faced releasing him if they were unable to make a trade.

Cubs officials did not immediately return messages.

Marmol, 30, returned home to the Dominican Republic a few days ago as he awaited news on his future.

The 2008 All-Star was 2-4 with a 5.86 ERA and three blown saves in five chances, having lost the closer job a week into the season.

He converted 18 of 19 saves with a 3-1 record and 2.06 ERA after June 11 last season.

Marmol was one of eight Cubs relievers who have blown saves this year, a crew that blew two more over the weekend in Seattle after his departure.

The Cubs’ bullpen ranks 25th in the majors in ERA and has the worst save percentage.

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